After about twenty minutes of engaging with the Runes over the weekend, I realized we were dancing around the actual question that I needed to ask. More importantly, perhaps, I was waiting for the Runes to present themselves when what I needed to do was put forth the first Rune myself. Once that was sorted, I laid down Jera as the starting point.
As I set down this Rune to restart my conversation with the Runes, I asked how I can manage my time over the next year to 18 months as I follow two paths forward - one for my current situation and one that leads to a different future. Essentially, how can I maintain the path I am required to be on right now, while ensuring that it will lead me to the path I want for the future?
The Runes responded by showing me Laguz, the water Rune.
Me: I don't understand. What is the link between Laguz and Mannaz that you are wanting me to see?
Me: Oh, I see now. Thank you for that clarification. You are correct and I do tend to jump ahead; that is why I laid Jera. How do I stay focused on taking a single step at a time?
Me: But Thurisaz is a very powerful Rune and, if not managed well, the power unleashed by it can turn to chaos and create even more trouble. That would not be good.
Me: That is true; I am a warrior, but I am also weary of letting my power get way from me, but you are right, I should not be. And, what will happen if I do unleash it and maintain it? If I can stay focused on each step and not jump ahead?
Me: These are good Runes. Thank you. That is what I need to do - see opportunities clearly. I am nervous about how good these Runes are though.
Runes: You know the Norns. Raido is your past (Urd) and path, the one that has led you this moment (Verdandi), where you are beginning to see shimmers of light from Dagaz, an end to an arduous journey. Wunjo is what should be, according to Skuld. It is still up to you to bring it to fruition. Realizing that happiness is within your power can be overwhelming, but if it is what you truly seek, you will find a way to guide this path to it. What you must decide is whether or not this is the path that will get you to Wunjo.
Me: Thank you for your wisdom. You have shown me how to follow two paths to secure my current situation and ensure my future one by looking simply at the next step and not focusing on the ultimate goal.